Sandy Springs Lantern Parade. Photo by Steve Eberhardt
Steve Eberhardt

Sandy Springs Lantern Parade. Photo by Steve Eberhardt

10 Spring & Summer Arts Festivals to Get Your Creativity Flowing

You don't have to be a celebrated artist to enjoy dabbling in creative pursuits. These 10 arts festivals are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you are a resident of Georgia or just visiting, consider making a weekend of it to truly soak up the innovative vibes.

Dogwood Festival in Atlanta's Piedmont Park

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 17-19

What started in 1936 as a way to put Atlanta on the map, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is now an eagerly awaited sign of spring that brings together lovers of art, food and entertainment for one big blooming weekend at Piedmont Park. Enjoy a variety of artwork at the Artist Market and music from two stages.

More: Guide to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Carved paintings by Lynn Reeder at the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, May 16-17

Block the weekend of May 16-17, 2020, for the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival. The event takes place in Hancock Park in the Dahlonega downtown square. In addition to a diverse selection of jury-selected artwork, you can loosen up with wine from Dahlonega's famous wineries and get your groove on with jazz performances. (Pictured: carved paintings by Lynn Reeder.)

Blue Ridge Arts in the Park

Spring Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, May 23-24

The Annual Spring Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge features more than 200 arts, crafts and food booths. This is the place to go for the best in mountain crafts and fine arts. In addition to picking up your favorite piece, watch as the artists demonstrate their craft during this May 23–24, 2020 event.

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, May 23-24

More than 90 artisans come together at Alpharetta's Village Green, May 23–24, 2020, for the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. It is a three-day festival where art enthusiasts can find a plethora of art mediums, including mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, wood, metal, glass, paper art and more. Grab a local brew or glass of vino from beverage vendors to enjoy as you stroll from booth to booth at this popular spring festival.

Roswell Lavender Festival

Roswell Lavender Festival, June 13

The Roswell Lavender Festival in early June takes place on the grounds of historic Barrington Hall. Ease into summer in the Zen Zone with aromatherapy. Loosen up with yoga and Pilates. Relax with meditation and reflexology. Sample foods made with lavender and even lavender beer!

Plein air artist at Chateau Meichtry in Ellijay, Georgia

Plein Air, Art in the Mountains, June

Create your own art based on the stunning views and vistas of the beautiful north Georgia Mountains during the Plein Air, Art in the Mountains retreat in Gilmer County. Painting sites include Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & WineryB.J. Reece Orchards and more. Works created during the event are offered for purchase at the closing reception, during a live auction hosted at the Gilmer Arts Link Gallery in Ellijay. In addition, you can also purchase works created by the artists in advance of the auction.

Amethyst geode at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

Rockfest at Tellus Science Museum, June

Visit with gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry dealers from across the country at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. At RockFest, you can browse and buy rare and exotic jewelry, ancient fossils, and rocks from around the world. Learn to make your own jewelry from local experts demonstrating different jewelry-making processes.

Lanterns at the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade

Take it to the River Lantern Parade in Sandy Springs, June 20

On June 20, 2020, Sandy Springs illuminates for the annual free "Take it to the River" Lantern Parade. Participants make their own lanterns, and on the day of the event, stroll together in the evening with brightly colored and lighted globes, parasols, hats and whimsical creatures, paying tribute to the Chattahoochee River and the community on its borders. After the parade, the river is transformed into a breathtaking sight with whimsical and beautifully lit floating lanterns. See more free things to do in Sandy Springs.

Southern Cheese Straws at the Made In Georgia Festival in Young Harris

Made in Georgia Festival in Young Harris, June 27-28

Mark your calendar for the end of June and the Made in Georgia Festival in Young Harris, featuring all Georgia products – soaps, jewelry, candles, food products and more. All goods have won an award in the UGA Flavor of Georgia contest. Enjoy demonstrations from a Georgia Grown chef, Farm 2 Cocktails, and the Georgia Mobile Dairy Classrooms teaching kids how to milk a cow and how its processed.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Arts in the Heart of Augusta, Sept. 18-20

Travel to more than 20 countries at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta held in September. Explore the Global Village and sample more than 20 different types of authentic ethnic food, all cooked by local ethnic associations. The five entertainment stages at the festival include a community stage for local performances; a global stage for large, international acts; a family stage; a jazz stage and a troubadour stage for spoken word and acoustic performers.

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Published: March 2020
Written by: Sue Rodman